Workers’ Compensation Attorney Common TermsVaughan Law Group
Orlando, FL – Workers’ compensation attorneys in Orlando, FL are known to use some common workers comp industry terms. These you should be familiar with so that you know how to best claim your workers compensation benefits if you have been injured in any way.
Following are the terms that are not only used by the medical care providers and attorneys but also are used to categorize various worker’s injuries when deciding the claim for the benefits defined in the workers’ compensation law by the state of Florida.
· Aggravation (as it relates to Workers’ Compensation)
Aggravation is a term used to define a fresh accident that could add up to the damage of a previously existing injury in a specific anatomical region. Aggravations are long-term damages.
· American Medical Association Guides (AMA Guide)
American Medical Association guides are one of the most common methods for grading impairments. Through the AMA guides, compensation attorneys define the amount of benefit that their injured client deserves.
· Apportionment (as it relates to Workers’ Compensation)
Apportionment is a term used to define the benefits that are reserved for permanent disability. The disability may or may not be completely caused due to workplace injury; however, it does not imply causation or relate to the cost of medical treatments.
· Cumulative Trauma (as it relates to Workers’ Compensation)
Cumulative traumas are the kinds of damages that can happen due to repetitive stress of either inconsequential or small nature through an interval of time.
· Disability (as it relates to Workers’ Compensation)
Disability is a term that is mostly confused with impairment; most people do not know the difference between the two. Disability defines a workers inability to work and sums up all the factors that might be responsible for the workers inability to work.
· Employability (as it relates to Workers’ Compensation)
Employability is used to express whether a person can be employed in certain fields or not. It also extends into the general labor market.
· Functional Capacity Evaluation
It is a test of evaluation to determine whether a person has the ability to carry out specific demands of various jobs like pulling, pushing, bending or lifting.
· Handicapped (as it relates to Workers’ Compensation)
This term is interchangeably linked with impairment or disability; however it is actually a type of impairment which can be overcome with the help of some kind of prosthetic.
· Impairment (as it relates to Workers’ Compensation)
Generally impairment, disability and handicapped are all interchangeable. However, impairment mostly refers to anything that is physically or anatomically wrong with the individual.
· Permanent Partial Disability
It is the type of disability where the worker is unable to return to work, and even if he does return to work, he is left with a permanent impairment which might stop him performing the task with same fervor as before.
· Permanent Total Disability
It is the type of disability that restricts the worker from any kind of work making him void of any kind of gainful activities.
· Temporary Partial Disability
It is the kind of disability that binds the worker from fully working to a capacity due to impairment for a small interval of time and eventually the worker recovers.
· Temporary Total Disability
It is the kind of disability that prohibits the worker from completely working for a short period of time.
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